Scarves + Champagne

June 11th

Flowers in NOLA

I have a new love of two things: scarves and champagne. Yep, call me Buffy. Give me a copy of the Preppy Handbook. Collars up!

I KNOW.

Both are a bit pretentious, and yet? Fun. Scarves are worn, so it seems, year round in Denver. Having moved from the clothing land of “less is more,” where winter wear included wider flip flops, my scarf wardrobe is lacking. I’m on the hunt for the soft, gauzy scarves I see so many beautiful women here draping around their necks, over their bare shoulders, even around their waists.

And champagne. Well. Have you had bubbly lately? It’s fun and summery and delightful. (I suppose this isn’t really a new love, so much as a seasonal one.)

Other loves that won’t come as a surprise:

Bench, before

Taking a cheap Costco bench and making it my own with a bit of paint and love — the perfect addition to the homestead porch:

Bench, after

And correspondence. I had much fun putting together change of address cards, including an HH seal:

Change of address cards

HH

HH seal

I have a new sign hanging in my kitchen that reads, “Do what you can with what you have.” These words keep ringing in my ears as I try to create a thoughtful, creative, artsy and warm home with as little new as possible. I remember watching Julia Roberts once on Oprah describe how she loved to sweep. She said she only had this tiny broom, but she made it work. Oprah finally asked her, “Why don’t you buy a bigger broom?” She just laughed, with that gorgeous smile, and said something to the effect that the little broom still worked, so why not use it?

Indeed. Plus, who wants to spend their budget on brooms when there are scarves and champagne to be had?

~K

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6 Responses

  1. I love your tray table! I’ve been looking for one like it.

  2. What’s HH stand for? Happy Home?

  3. LOL well I’ve been know to celebrate when some annoying appliance FINALLY dies so I can upgrade. I kind of live by that philosophy too. Why would I buy something new when this one still works?

  4. Larissa Stretton June 12, 2011

    Kelli

    What fun it is to read about your adventures in your new home and state! What culture shock it must be for you!

    I agree, you definitely need to do what you can to make your money stretch whether it’s for scarves, champagne or whatever!!

    Scarves are wonderful additions to your wardrobe–I’m trying to break my turtleneck habit and find scarves help me have the comfort of a turtleneck, but with a little more style. Check thrift stores (if they are in your area) my Salvation Army Store always has some, the mall stores have had some cheap on clearance, or my favorite–do a search–there are some great blogs out there with great tutorials for making them yourself from old t-shirts (I think Ruffles and stuff as well as Tea Rose Home had some a while back–or try searching one-pretty-thing blog) all these ideas might help you to have enough left in your budget for the bubbly too!!

    I love your bench too! It looks so pretty in cream and yellow! Nice job!! Congratulations again on your move and new home!!

  5. Love the bench, cushion, and end table. So cozy and warm, what a nice addition to your porch!

  6. Tricia June 13, 2011

    I LOVE scarves! Living in a colder area, I have quite the collection. If I end up back in Phx, I am going to need to figure out how to dress there again. lol.

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